NEW DELHI, June 4 (Xinhuanet) -- India and Sri lanka
Friday expressed concern over the acquisition of air power by the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
A joint statement issued at the end of the working visit
of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday evening said, "Particular
concern was expressed over the illegal acquisition of air capability (by the
The ceasefire violations in Sri lanka were also
considered a matter of concern for both New Delhi and Colombo.
During their meeting Friday evening, Kumaratunga
briefed IndianPrime Minister Manmohan Singh about the status of the peace
process in her country.
Both of them emphasized the need for early resumption
of peace process "that will lead to durable political solution that maintains
the unity and territorial unity of Sri Lanka and guarantees the fundamental
rights of all Individuals while ensuring the safety and prosperity of the
Singh reiterated India's support for the process of
seeking a comprehensive, negotiated settlement acceptable to all communities,and
reflecting the pluralistic nature of Sri Lankan society, within the framework of
a united and democratic Sri Lanka, according the statement.
The leaders noted that the Indo-Sri Lanka bilateral
trade has recorded a figure of 1.8 billion US dollars, and that the negotiations
of the comprehensive economic partnership agreement should be concluded by 2006.
Kumaratunga paid her working visit to India from June
2 to 4. Enditem